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156 Ratings

The Widowed Witch

北方一片苍茫 | Beifang yipian cangmang | 小寡妇成仙记 | Xiaoguafu chengxian ji | Shaman

Directed by Cai Chengjie
China, 2018


When Er Hou is widowed for the third time, the credulous locals in her village believe she is cursed. The young woman turns superstition to her advantage, rebranding herself as a shaman, peddling life advice and supernatural quick fixes in return for food and shelter.

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The Widowed Witch Directed by Cai Chengjie

Critics reviews

Cai Chengjie’s deadpan fairy tale takes on the contradictions of superstition and the furious chimera of women’s power to conjure an intriguing, misshapen magic.
July 27, 2018
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Director Cai Chengjie makes sparing but deft use of color.
June 10, 2018
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